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January 30, 2014

CONTAGION by Tim Lebbon

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Toxic City
Book 3
Tim Lebbon
Contagion (Toxic City, #3)
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published November 5th 2013
ISBN 1616148217
 (ISBN13: 9781616148218)
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(from Goodreads)
Jack and his friends are in a race against time to save the remaining inhabitants of a postapocalyptic London from a nuclear bomb. Two years after London is struck by a devastating terrorist attack, it is cut off from the rest of the world, protected by a large force of soldiers (known as Choppers) while the rest of Britain believe that their ex-capital is a toxic, uninhabited wasteland. But that's not true. Jack and his friends know that the truth is very different--and incredible: the few remaining survivors in London are changing; developing strange, fantastic powers; evolving. And the Chopper force guarding London is treating the ruined city as its own experimental ground. Now, Jack's powers are growing. His friend Lucy-Anne's powers are developing too, and Nomad--that mysterious woman who started it all--is close by. But the Choppers have initiated their final safeguard--a huge nuclear bomb that will wipe out London, and everyone still within its boundaries. Jack and his friends must spread the news of the bomb and save everyone they can. Before that can happen, Jack must face his father, the deadly Reaper, in their final showdown.
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I was born in London in 1969, lived in Devon until I was eight, and the next twenty years were spent in Newport. My wife Tracey and I then did a Good Thing and moved back to the country, and we now live in the little village of Goytre in Monmouthshire with our kids Ellie and Daniel. It’s a lovely place – pub, shop, chip shop, school – and we’re very happy here. Two minutes’ walk in any direction and we’re in the countryside, and the area has featured, intentionally or not, in much of my writing.

I’ve been writing ever since I can remember. The first story I recall actually finishing was when I was nine years old. It involved a train hijacking (yeah, a train has about ten thousand doors and is probably the hardest moving vehicle to hijack … but I was nine years old!), and one of the hijackers being clumsy enough to drop his gun. Naturally my hero found the gun and went on a killing spree. Die Hard on the 10:17 from Paddington.

In my teens I began about nine million novels, and finished none of them. They varied from World War Two action adventures to ’70s style disaster novels. Some had spooky elements, some did not, and it wasn’t until I was twenty that I wrote my first horror story, “Black Heart”. I still have it somewhere … and I suspect it will remain hidden away forever!

My first published story was in the UK indie magazine Psychotrope in 1994, and in 1997 Tanjen published my first novel Mesmer. Since then I’ve had over almost thirty books published in the UK and US by Bantam Spectra, Allison & Busby, Night Shade Books, Simon & Schuster, Leisure Books, PS Publishing, Necessary Evil Press, Cemetery Dance and many others, with many more due soon. Check out the Library section for details.

Quite a few of my novellas and novels have been optioned for the screen, including White (written by Stephen Susco), Exorcising Angels, Until She Sleeps, Face, In Perpetuiry, and The Nature of Balance. They’re all ‘in development’ right now, which means anything from ‘We’re trying to find a writer’ to ‘We have major studio interest and it’s only a matter of time’. There are several others projects about to enter such a stage of development. One day …

Late in 2006 I took the plunge into full-time writing and it’s going well. There’s plenty of exciting news on the horizon – new book deals, film options and other stuff – and you’ll find details posted at this site as and when they happen.

London Eye (Toxic City, #1)Reaper's Legacy (Toxic City, #2)
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I had quite a few problems with this book.  I couldn't relate to the characters at all.  It was like they had no personalities.  There was a lot of repeating things in the book.  You have a character, Jack, who is the main character feels bad about the soldiers he had to kill and he doesn't let it go.  I thought, what else are you going to do, they are shooting at you. He has a problem with the violence when it involves him. If not, he doesn't care.

Since the  destruction was at least two years prior, I didn't feel we needed constant reminders that London was destroyed.  We didn't need to be reminded about the death count.

I'm a fan of the post apocalyptic  stories but I feel this book needed more, a lot more.  I couldn't grasp the plot at all.  I feel if the author went back and re-edited it and made the characters more realistic, it might work.  If you can't relate to your characters, your attention drifts.
t was almost a DNF for me but I hung in there.
The only thing I can recommend is get a copy and read it, develop your own opinion, whatever that may be.  Everyone views things differently.

I was given a complimentary copy of CONTAGION by Tim Lebbon from Night Owl Reviews for my honest opinion of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 2  QUESTION MARKS.
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